The collaboration will boost BASF’s research on new and sustainable agricultural solutions by analysing data on Delair’s cloud platform


Image: BASF and Delair collaborate on agricultural research. (Credit: Delair.)

German chemical company BASF has collaborated with French drone-maker Delair to scale up its research and development on seeds, traits and crop protection.

Through the collaboration, BASF’s agricultural research stations across the world will be able to use Delair’s platform for standardising the information gathered through drone-based field studies.

The platform offers enterprise-focused workflows and industry-specific analytics and will support BASF to turn its visual drone data into actionable insights and help in the development of new and sustainable solutions for the agricultural market.

BASF manager of sensor-based field phenotyping for seeds & traits Greta De Both said: “As a research driven agricultural company, we want to use the full potential of digitalisation to accelerate innovation.

“Partnering with Delair will help us to get a deeper understanding of the observed crops and their surrounding environments, and reduce the time to market for new products.”

Recently, the German company introduced drones equipped with multispectral sensors to automate and optimise their field data collection, which allows for real-time insights into how plants respond to environmental conditions.

On the cloud platform, BASF will be able to build digital replicas of their research fields, as well as map and analyse hectares of plots across all the trial sites.

Field agronomists can now vectorise and geo-reference microplots

The platform will also enable field agronomists to automatically vectorise and geo-reference microplots and generate biological data and crop behaviour of the agricultural plots.

Delair agriculture and forestry product manager Lénaïc Grignard said: “While capturing agricultural data is easier than ever with drones, the real challenge enterprises face is harnessing all of this data so that it is consumable, shareable, and actionable.

“We are honoured to start this new partnership with BASF and help them harness the power of visual data to make the right decisions at the right time.”